Oct 18, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Televangelist defends Saudi arms deals: "not something you want to blow up"

An old photograph of Pat Robertson speaking at a podium with a sign that says "Christian Coalition" underneath it

Pat Robertson, 1994. Photo: Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images

Pat Robertson, a prominent evangelical, defended the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia in an appearance on "The 700 Club," calling the Saudis "key allies."

"We’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of… it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly."

Why it matters: His support comes in the wake of reports that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi had been brutally murdered at the hands of the Saudis. Many companies have been backing away from doing business with Saudi Arabia citing the alleged incident and subsequent investigation.

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